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WeWork Unveils A New Coworking Program in NYC, LA, Chicago

Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, or an independent activity. However, it’s not your usual office.  Unlike a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not working for the same organization.

Coworking has become increasingly popular for professionals who want the benefits of an office – without a long term lease and overhead.  It’s often attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation.

Think of coworking as a group of people who work independently, but share values, and are interested in the synergy and positivity that comes from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other.  Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation experienced by many professionals who work from home.

WeWork is one the leading coworking companies.  They have a presence in major US cities and offer innovative space for good value.

According to USA Today and the New York Business Journal (link below), WeWork is launching a new, special program that provides office space to 1,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years. All veterans are eligible for 25 percent off office space, but for many there will be no charge at all.

In addition to New York, other cities offering the plan include Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver.

The new WeWork program is called the Veterans in Residence program, and the offer will be extended to all veterans and military spouses who want to scale a new business. After completing the six-month program, graduates get a discount off their rent for a year.

We think this is an amazing program, and are not surprised that it’s being offered by a forward thinking company like WeWork!

Further details on WeWork’s Veterans is Residence program are accessible at:

https://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2017/11/09/wework-program-to-help-military-vet-entrepreneurs.html

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Send Money To Friends Through Facebook

Facebook announced a pretty cool feature today!  Starting today, Facebook users in France and the UK can send money amongst friends via a peer-to-peer payments service.  Facebook indicated that this is one of the most requested features in Messenger.

The new peer-to-peer payments will not be available in all of Europe yet, as it will only be available in UK and France. But, I’m sure if it’s successful it will be rolled out to a wider audience.

Facebook states (and we agree) that this is a convenient and secure way to send and receive money right in Messenger threads.  It will make it fast to send money without leaving a conversation. They have also added an animation of falling Euros and British Pounds, depending on the country, just for fun.

From Facebook – this is the first time Messenger has extended p2p payments since launching in the US in 2015, and since then, p2p payments in Messenger have been widely used to make life more seamless. Some recent Messenger research has shown it’s not just the transactional act of paying someone back, it’s the emotional importance of doing so. Reciprocity fosters happiness and builds trust. We’ve heard that people often want better ways to express themselves when sending money, like adding accompanying text, emoticons, pictures and GIFs; of course Messenger is the best place to do many of these things, so we hope we’re bringing even more functionality to the art of conversation.

The peer-to-peer payments are expected to roll out to everyone in the UK and France over the coming weeks. With this feature, people will be able to send money to others in their country (from a person in the UK to another person in the UK, for example) but not across borders.

For further details on this new Facebook feature, check out:

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/11/send-money-to-friends-in-messenger-now-in-euros-and-british-pounds/

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Amazon to Start Selling Technology Products in Whole Foods at Black Friday Prices

Amazon.com Inc. is going to start selling technology products in Whole Foods locations at discounted prices.  The deals are not limited are to just Thanksgiving related food items but popular technology products.

Amazon announced that it will offer the discounted deals on some of its products for the entire week before Thanksgiving.  The discounted items will be available at more than 100 of its Whole Foods Market locations.

The discounted products include the following:

$10 off the Echo Dot

$20 off the newest Amazon Echo

$30 off the Echo Plus

$30 off Kindle Paperwhite

$20 off the new Amazon Cloud Cam

$20 off the Fire 7 tablet

$30 off the Fire HD 8 tablet

Further product details are available at www.amazon.com.

These technology products may not be what one normally expects to see at a Whole Foods, but shouldn’t be a surprise since Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods.  The brick and mortar retail channel will also allow customers to touch and feel these Amazon products before they make a purchase.  It would be helpful if these items could be demo’d too!

Amazon will also unveil “Amazon Pop-Up” stores at Whole Foods locations in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and Chicago on Nov. 13; in Davie, Florida and Pasadena, Calif., Nov. 14; and in Denver Nov. 15. The staffed pop-up shops at Whole Foods stores will allow grocery shoppers to play around with Amazon devices and get more information about services including Amazon Prime.  Keep an eye out for more “Amazon Pop-Up” stores in your area.

Amazon has not yet made Black Friday or Cyber Monday plans for its online retail business public. So it’s not clear if the deals offered at Whole Foods will also be offered online at Amazon.com.

For further details, check out: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14386421/1/amazon-to-sell-its-own-devices-in-whole-foods-stores-at-black-friday-prices.html

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Apple News: Cable assemblies conveying high speed signals while providing reduced signal noise, radiation, and susceptibility to interference.

HDMI cables have quickly become the global standard for connecting high-def equipment audio/video equipment. HDMI is widely recognized as the best all-digital interface delivering both quality and ease of use. Most of the largest consumer electronics, PC and mobile device manufacturers incorporate HDMI connectivity into their products.

So, it should come as no surprise that a new Apple patent was recently published having the following title and abstract:

Ground bar for micro-coaxial wires in hdmi cables

Cable assemblies that may convey high speed signals while providing reduced signal noise, radiation, and susceptibility to interference. These and other examples may be readily manufactured. These and other examples may provide cables having a reduced thickness.

From the patent application, Apple provides the following example of what they’re seeking to capture: An illustrative embodiment of the present invention may provide cable assemblies having a reduced thickness by providing an internal strain relief for the cable. This may eliminate the need for a conventional strain relief that typically wraps around an outside jacket of a cable. These and other embodiments of the present invention may provide a cable having hollow tube in or near its center. The hollow tube may have one of a number of different cross-sections. For example, the hollow tube may have a star-shaped cross section, a circular cross-section, or other shaped cross-section. Stiffening rods may be inserted into the ends of hollow tube. The stiffening rods may prevent the cables from being bent at a localized point and may instead distribute the bend radius over the length of rod. In these and other embodiments of the present invention, the hollow tube and rod may be replaced by a plastic or nylon rod. In these and other embodiments of the present invention, these hollow tubes and rods may be in or near a center of the cable or elsewhere in or on the cable.

The patent application was published on August, 3, 2017 – and has the following publication number: US 2017/0221604 A1.

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A?: Here’s A Solution For Fixing That Annoying iPhone Bug

Apple products are user friendly, include a great design, plug into the Apple ecosystem seamlessly, and provide an amazing user experience.

Apple’s new iOS 11.1 echoes all of Apple’s known attributes and overall, is a great update. It definitely makes iPhones more user friendly, and it actually frees up space on users’ devices.

However, there is an annoying glitch that’s plaguing many users.

Many users are reporting a strange symbol appearing when typing the letter “I” on their iPhones.

This glitch goes beyond just iPhones but also affects users who updated their iPad or iPod touch to iOS 11.1.  Users are finding that the letter “I” is autocorrecting (or being replaced) with the letter “A” with some kind of symbol next to it, either a “?” or barcodes.

Apple is aware of the bug and has provided guidance and some workarounds to solve the problem.

Apple provided a workaround when the bug first became an issue over the last week and seemed to resolve the issue for many users.  However it now seems as through users can update their devices to iOS 11.1.1 to fix the issue themselves.

The following steps walk you through correcting the glitch on your own:

  1. Connect your device into a power source, and make sure you’re connected to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Go into your Settings > General > Software Update.
  3. Select “Download and Install”. A message may pop up asking to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed.
  4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
  5. If you’re asked, enter your passcode – then type in your password and the update should conclude.

Apple has a great Support Page – which answers most questions, so check it out regularly for updates and tips!

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Order Food with Facebook

Facebook is an easy way to connect with friends, communicate with people (messenger), and even sell products (Facebook Marketplace).  Now, Facebook is getting into food delivery!

From Facebook – Today, we’re taking the time out of finding what you want to eat by officially launching the ability to order food for pick-up or delivery, directly on Facebook. People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants, and seeing what their friends say about them. So, we’re making it even easier.

Facebook has combined options from existing food ordering services such as –  EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow and Olo, and even restaurants like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, and – out favorite – Panera.  As a result, users won’t  have to search multiple places to find what they’re looking for.

The new Facebook service will connect users with old favorites and new discoveries all within the Facebook platform. Users can even consider how their friends review a restaurant before ordering food.

From Facebook – You can browse restaurants nearby by visiting the Order Food section in the Explore menu. On this page, you can browse food options and select Start Order when you’ve found what you’re looking for. If the restaurant you want to order from offers takeout or delivery with multiple services, you can select which service you’d like to use. For example, if you have an account with Delivery.com, you can easily order with your existing login. If you don’t have an account with that service, you can quickly and easily sign up, without leaving the Facebook app.

Initially, Facebook users will be able to browse restaurants near them that take orders via Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Zuppler, EatStreet, Slice, and Olo, as well as directly from restaurants including Papa John’s, Wingstop, Panera, Jack in the Box, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle, Five Guys and Jimmy John’s.

For further information on this new FB feature is accessible at:

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/10/order_food/

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Some Considerations on Apple’s Tax Payments

Apple’s tax practices are back in the news.  A recent study from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists says Apple found a new location to store its overseas cash to avoid paying higher taxes. The findings, part of a leak of documents called the “Paradise Papers,” state that Apple chose the tiny island of Jersey in the English Channel to store its over $250 billion in cash. The island charges no tax on companies’ profits, ICIJ reported.

Apple put out a press release to clarify it’s tax position.  Apple believes every company has a responsibility to pay its taxes, and as the largest taxpayer in the world, Apple pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world.

Apple also highlights certain inaccuracies in the reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Among the inaccuracies in these reports:

1) The changes Apple made to its corporate structure in 2015 were specially designed to preserve its tax payments to the United States, not to reduce its taxes anywhere else. No operations or investments were moved from Ireland.

Far from being “untouched by the United States,” Apple pays billions of dollars in taxes to the US at the statutory 35 percent rate on investment income from its overseas cash.

2) Apple’s effective tax rate on foreign earnings is 21 percent — a figure easily calculated from public filings. This rate has been consistent for many years.

Apple further included some additional facts regarding their tax exposure:

1) Apple is the largest taxpayer in the world, paying over $35 billion in corporate income taxes in the last three years.

2) Apple’s worldwide effective tax rate is 24.6 percent, higher than average for US multinationals.

3) The vast majority of the value in Apple products is created in the United States, where design, development, engineering work and more are accomplished. So under the current international tax system, the majority of Apple taxes are owed to the US.

4) Apple has cash overseas because that’s where it sells the majority of its products.

 

Further details on Apple’s tax position is accessible at:

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/11/the-facts-about-apple-tax-payments/

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5 Tips For Protecting Your Uber Account

Uber is a pretty cool technology company.  Not only have they disrupted the way  we commute, they’ve impacted the way we eat (UberEats), and are even getting into the self driving cars in a BIG way.

That being said, it comes as no surprise that Uber recently provided security tips for users to protect their accounts with some useful tips.  The useful tips were released as part of October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month in many countries around the world. Uber’s security teams work around the clock to block suspicious activity on accounts, but they provided the following few simple tips to help protect you against scammers.

Top 5 security tips

1) Use a unique password for every online account. Don’t use your Uber password on any other website or service.  It may be hard to manage a bunch of different log-ins – but doing so, will definitely improve your security profile.

2) Don’t share your password or verification code with anyone. Uber will never ask you for this information.  Be cautious of weird or unusual emails requesting your password or verification info.

3) Only add debit or credit cards you own to your Uber account.  You may not get notices from credit card companies if there is suspicious activity on someone else’s card.

4) Scammers are clever and always trying to come up with new scams. Be cautious of phone calls, text messages, and emails from anyone claiming to be an Uber employee and offering a reward or prize. The FTC tracks these types of “impersonation scams” across many services..

5) If you notice any suspicious activity on your account, report it to Uber immediately in the mobile app or at help.uber.com. Uber takes these reports seriously and work with financial institutions and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute scammers.

Using these tips will help protect your account.  For more tips, check out

https://www.uber.com/blog/5-tips-protecting-uber-account/

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Uber’s Advanced Technology Group – is Hiring!

Ok – Uber always was a pretty cool company, but now – with their self driving car program – it’s become even more cool!

 

From Uber: If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks you might see a strange sight: a car that looks like it should be driven by a superhero. But this is no movie prop — it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) in Pittsburgh.

 

The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, will be collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities. When it’s in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver’s seat monitoring operations. The Uber ATG car comes outfitted with a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.

 

Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology. Self-driving cars have the potential to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world. 1.3 million people die every year in car accidents — 94% of those accidents involve human error. In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents. These goals are at the heart of Uber’s mission to make transportation as reliable as running water — everywhere and for everyone.

 

Self driving cars may seem something like some Sci-Fi tech fantasy – but it’s here, and it looks like – it’s here to stay.  We think it would be fun to be part of the team that’s bringing tomorrow’s tech – to today’s reality.  Also, we’ve heard that Uber is a great company to work for – having great salary & benefits, perks, and growing at a huge pace.

 

Uber is actively recruiting for all various roles throughout their company – but we think working for their ATG group is extra special.  If you’re interested in learning more about available roles – check out:

https://www.uber.com/info/atg/car/

 

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Hillary Clinton Roasts Herself on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Hillary Clinton has recently been hitting the media circuits promoting her new book What Happened?

 

Her book has been reviewed by several media outlets, and has gotten mainly positive reviews.  The book largely features her perspective of what happened leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections which resulted in her loss to Donald Trump.  It discusses – the email controversy, feminism, Donald Trump – and lots lots more.

 

We caught Mrs. Clinton’s visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers, and enjoyed her banter and comedic spirit.  The conversation with Meyers was covered by Vanity Fair, and below is an excerpt: 

 

“According to a recent article, chardonnay is making a comeback,” Meyers said, providing the setup. The punchline? Clinton replying, “And they said I wouldn’t be able to create jobs.” Next up: “The retractable roof on Atlanta’s N.F.L. stadium is not working properly.” Clinton: “Oh, well at least that ceiling’s broken.” And, finally, “According to a recent report, koalas may be extinct by the year 2040.” Clinton: “And according to Fox News, that’s my fault.”

 

Meyers and Clinton then sat down for a more serious chat. Although late-night interviews are rarely hard-hitting, Clinton’s was well timed: her appearance marked the anniversary of the 2016 presidential election, an upset she’s wrote about at length in her book What Happened. On a lighter note, her appearance also came just one day after Democrats swept the 2017 local elections.

 

Asked what the recent victories mean, Clinton said, “I think the fever is finally breaking. I think that Americans, as we saw last night, are saying, ‘You know what, we really like our health care. We don’t like hatred and bigotry, and we don’t want to get shot wherever we go in our country.’ So I think that there is a growing awareness that the only way to reverse this is actually to go out and vote—and vote for people who have your values.”

 

We recommend checking out the video of her visit with Late Night, accessible at: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/hillary-clinton-seth-meyers-late-night-bill-clinton-conan-obrien

 

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